Miss America & Active-Duty Military Member Madison Marsh To Drive Honorary Pace Car At Daytona 500

Madi Marsh

AMERICA! Miss America, to be specific…

It has been one hell of a year (insert “it’s only February” meme) for Madison Marsh, who was crowned Miss America back in January, and now gets to be the honorary pace car driver at the Daytona 500.

Marsh became the first ever active-duty military service member to be given the title of Miss America, and got a joyous message sent out on her behalf by the U.S. Air Force:

Madison Marsh already has a jam-packed resume as a 22-year-old active duty service member in the Air Force who is also Miss America, and she’ll now be able to add NASCAR to her impressive experience.

There might not be a more American staple than the Daytona 500, so choosing Miss America to drive the honorary pace car is undoubtedly a home run (or in racing terms, a wire-to-wire victory).

Daytona International Speedway made the official announcement earlier today on their social media profiles, stating that Marsh would have the honor of leading the drivers as the pace car:

“Leading the field for The Great American Race, we welcome 2024 Miss America Madison Marsh as our Honorary Pace Car Driver!”

The Daytona 500 takes place on Sunday, February 18th, and will officially kick off the 2024 NASCAR season (first points race).

And this might mark the first time that the pace car driver has had more experience driving high-speed machines than the NASCAR drivers themselves…

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